Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) have confirmed the depature of coach Herve Renard. The 2012 Nations Cup winning tactician is set to take over at FC Sochaux in the top league in France.
A statement from Zambia FA signed by Erick Mwanza, Communications Manager & Spokesperson confirmed in part, “The Football Association of Zambia hereby announces the release of Herve Renard from the job of national coach of Zambian team. The 2012 Nations Cup winning coach has been offered a wonderful opportunity at FC Sochaux in the top league in France.
“FAZ and Herve have consulted and it has been agreed not to stand in his way. It is a compliment for a coach working in Africa to be head-hunted by a top European club. It makes us proud to be able to take ownership of Herve’s rise as a successful international coach.
“FAZ wishes to thank Renard for his dedication to duty, hard work, and proficiency and wish him well as he takes up his new coaching job. Following the departure of Renard, assistant coach Patrice Beaumelle will take charge of the Chipolopolo starting with the international assignment against Brazil in Beijing next week Tuesday, October 15.”
Renard failed to qualify Zambia to the final qualification stages in the African qualifying series after losing to Ghana in Kumasi. The Frenchman began his coaching career with SC Draguignan in 1999, leaving in 2001. He was assistant at Chinese side Shanghai Cosco with head coach Claude Le Roy from 2002 to 2003, and managed English side Cambridge United in 2004.
Renard became manager of AS Cherbourg in 2005, leaving them in 2007. He next became assistant to Claude Le Roy for the Ghana national side. He was appointed manager of the Zambia national team in May 2008. At the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, he led Zambia to the quarter-final stage of the tournament for the first time in 14 years.
Renard left his duties as Zambia manager in early April 2010 with only two months remaining on his contract. Two days later he agreed to become manager of Angola. He resigned from his position as Angola manager in early October 2010, and was replaced by Zeca Amaral.
Following the dismissal of coach Dario Bonetti October 10, 2011, the Football Association of Zambia offered him a coaching position. On 22 October 2011, it was announced that he would return for a second stint as coach of Zambia on a one-year contract.
He led the team to their first victory in the African Cup of Nations in 2012, beating favourites Senegal in the group stages and Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire in the semi-final and final respectively. The win was dedicated to the 18 players, who perished in April 1993, after a plane carrying the squad crashed just miles from the site of the 2012 final in Gabon.